Hidden Forces of Evil Behind Hideous Acts of Terror
BibleStudents.com Hideous acts of terror are plaguing unsuspecting victims around the world. The mass shooting in Las Vegas is now the most deadly in U.S. history. Many are searching for answers: what is the motivation and why is this happening now more than ever?
The Word of God leaves no doubt as to the existence of a personal devil and his demon host. It gives a comprehensive description of Satan, his emissaries and his aims. Satan is represented in Scripture as being the orchestrator and source of evil in the universe — the unrelenting enemy of God and man.
Paul also called Satan “the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience.” (Ephesians 2:2) These words imply that there are not only evil principles at work, but that behind them there are invisible evil spirit beings opposing all that is good. “We wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”
Therefore, to provide hope to His people, God placed in His Word prophetic indicators which would point to the time when Satan’s kingdom of evil would begin to collapse. Four signs were given to the prophet Daniel which would mark the time of the end — the end of this present evil world under the dominion of Satan. Daniel 12:1, 4; Galatians 1:4
• “many shall run to and fro” — In the past 100 years, numerous modes of transportation have been invented, increasing the speed of travel from 20 mph to over 25,000 mph. This has been a blessing to most of humanity, but it has also brought with it a means for terrorists to spread their evil rapidly, far and wide.
• “knowledge shall be increased” — More than ninety percent of all scientists who have ever lived are alive today, and more than fifty percent of the world’s inventions have been created within the last four decades. Additionally, sophistication in communication allows man to see and hear global news instantly. This has created amazing tools to benefit mankind, but it has also provided terrorists the tools to spread their hate.
• “a time of trouble such as never was” — Unprecedented trouble is the hallmark of our time and is confirmed by these recent tragic events. True, the world has always had trouble, but, prior to 1940, the potential for the annihilation of humanity by the single flick of a switch was unheard of. In the first three quarters of the 20th Century at least 100 million lives had been lost to war (TIME Magazine, March 9, 1970). Thirty-four wars were being waged in 1988 alone. And today, “the weak say I am strong.” (Joel 3:10) A few, “the weak,” have brought the strong nations of the world into a state of extreme distress. Weakness, fueled by jealousy, hatred, misinformation and prejudice punctuates Daniel’s vision of unprecedented trouble.